I visited Lake Erie in 1969 at a time when it was termed “the dead lake.” Fertilizer run-off as well as human waste dumped into it caused algae blooms and starved the fish from oxygen. While the part I swam didn’t exhibit anything out of the norm and I found it quite nice, the Cuyahoga River caught fire that same year. Well, I’m happy to report that Lake Erie doesn’t look any worse for wear nearly 50 years on, and it was as pleasant as I remember it.
From a shoreline perspective, Lake Erie more resembles the ocean than it does a lake. The rolling waves provide constant entertainment with their soothing sounds. I found the water to be warm, although I didn’t swim in it, and it didn’t appear many people ventured far offshore. I’m guessing that like Lake Michigan, the warmer water lies mainly on the surface with the underlying water being much cooler.
While in Erie, we stayed at West Haven RV Park. It was very nice, and our site backed right up to the small pond there. Fortunately, we were able to catch up on our laundry before heading to our next two campgrounds, which I’ll elaborate more about later.
After a couple of days in Erie, it was time to move on.